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The Hidden Health Dangers of Flood Damage

Flood  damage is not only dangerous in terms of the structure of the flooded house or property. Equally, or sometimes even more perilous is its impact on the health of the home occupants. The danger also gets up another notchy, when the flood damaged home has not been restored professionally.

In one of its articles in its website, media outfit CNN explained why flood damage create a dangerous heath issue.

“Doctors often see more people with respiratory infections after floodwaters recede and people are allowed to return to their homes. Contamination from floodwaters and the mold that quickly grows in a warm environment like Texas can exacerbate asthma or trigger allergies.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Why Flood Damage Create A Dangerous Health Issue
Flood damage does not only destroy structures and furnishing, it also damages health if not appropriately remediated. (Photo Credits)

Danish research institute — Statens Serum Institut, shared a study that answers why flood damage create a dangerous health issue. In their research work, they indicated point by point the many health hazards present in a flood damaged home. And while most of the health problems pertain to physical dangers, they did not forget to mention in their study that there as well lies possible mental health impact on flooding victims. San Diego water damage restoration

“Having  experienced  a  devastating  flood,  seen  loved  ones  lost  or  injured,  and  homes  damaged  or  destroyed,  flooding  poses  a  long-term  psychological  impact  on  the  flood  victims.  In  addition,  the  cost  and  labor  required  to  repair  flood-damaged  homes places severe financial and psychological burdens on the people affected, in particular the unprepared  and  uninsured.  Post-flood  recovery  –  especially  when  it  becomes  prolonged  –  can  commonly   cause   mental   disorders,   anxiety,   anger,   depression,   lethargy,   hyperactivity,   sleeplessness, and in an extreme case, suicides amongst the flood victims. Behavior changes may also  occur  in  children  such  as  an  increase  in  bed-wetting  and  aggression.  There  is  also  a  long-term concern amongst the affected that their homes would be flooded again in the future.”

A copy of the study can be downloaded here.

The website Mercola meantime explained long-term health hazards of a flood damaged home. In their article, they explained that some health risks associated with a flood damage property may not be immediately obvious, or will take time to affect the health of the occupants.

“As difficult and heartbreaking as most of the immediate effects are, the long-term devastation from mold will be experienced by home and business owners for decades. Mold is a toxic hurricane holdover. Mary Hayden of the National Center for Atmospheric Research notes that evacuees may not be able to return to their homes for up to three weeks.32 During that time, waterlogged homes will bake in the sun, giving mold ample time to grow in most of the walls and homeowners’ belongings. Mold growth after Hurricane Katrina was implicated in the deaths of four Southern University at New Orleans professors, who all worked in the same building damaged by the storm and died within a few months of each other.”

Check out the continuation of the article here.

Flood damage is indeed a serious health issue. To avoid its negative health impact hire professional restorers and mold experts who can remediate the damage the flooding has brought about.